Starburst® Rose Tutorial

When we spotted these darling little blossoms, we knew we had to share! October means you’ll probably be stocking up on Halloween candy, so add some Starburst® candies into the mix so you can test out this Starburst® rose tutorial by Justine Taylor of the blog Birch and Lily.

All you need to get started are Starburst® candies and a batch of cupcakes ready to be decorated!

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1. It was super hot and humid on the evenings I made these so I was able to shape them by just pressing on them with my fingers.  However, if your candies are a bit harder, or your house is cooler, you may want to pop them in the microwave (only a few at a time) for 5-10 seconds to soften them up.  After you do that, you can unwrap them.

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2. Squish the Starburst® flat so that they’re thin and delicate, but not too flimsy.



3. Tear off a little piece.

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4. Roll it with your fingers.

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5. Roll it until you get a neat little spiral.  This is the center for your rose.

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6. Then, tear off more little pieces. You may want to smooth the ripped edges a bit.  The pieces should be sort of oval-shaped.  But if they’re irregular they actually look best, and more like rose petals.

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7. Then wrap the petals, one by one, around the spiral centre.  Squish the bottom of each petal to the base of the flower.

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8. And just keep adding petals, overlapping them slightly, all around the flower until you’ve used up the whole Starburst® piece.

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I laid them out on wax paper keeping them from touching,  They can be a bit sticky when you’re working with them, and when they’re warm they can be a bit melty.  But after you let them sit for a minute they harden up and are smooth.  I stored mine in the freezer until I was ready to put them on the cupcakes.

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The top cupcake in the picture below was made from three Starburst® candies:

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Comments (8)


Lol! I had a bag of colored tootsie rolls that I was about to throw out last week, but I modeled figures out of them! Next time I'll make flowers. Thanks


Not sure why my comment is awaiting moderation 24 hours later. I was attaching a copy of my tootsie roll cake :/


my sister love them..she buy the bog bag at bj's for same price...i will steal some!!

i guess you can use molds as well....same clay consistency as fondant. Thanks for sharing..i will look for the tootsie rolls. i have to work in some elmo  cakepops...i can use the yellow ones for the nose...i get fondarific for the eye white's


OOOOOO great idea...also, don't know why I never thought of using tootsie rolls as modeling  clay, we made it in Culinary School....real duh